AVALON, Calif. – The 34th Annual Avalon Underwater Cleanup was a big success with nearly 550 participants contributing to a one-day effort that recovered and removed nearly 3,000 pounds of trash from the waters surrounding Catalina Island. It was a great day of diving, enjoying Catalina and helping ensure the health of the ocean environment surrounding the Island we all love.
The divers recovered a great deal of debris from the December 30, 2014 storm. The proceeds from the event help support the Catalina Island Conservancy and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber.
This event would not be possible without the help of the volunteers, the Kayak Safety Patrol and the Harbor Department. We send out a big thank you to all of them and to the more than 400 divers who helped clean up the waters surrounding Catalina.
The divers recovered many odd items, and they had a great deal of fun comparing their discoveries. The Conservancy has been honored to have worked with the dive community for so many years to make the Annual Avalon Underwater Cleanup one of the region’s biggest and best dive events. A big thank you to Bob Kennedy from Scuba Luv who helped organized the removal of the large debris, and Jill Boivin and Tom Turney, the key volunteers for this event.
Statistics on the Underwater Cleanup and the many awards:
Metal: 90 lbs
Boat Parts: 1,640 lbs
Trash: 400 lbs
Total: 2,940 lbs
Kayak Safety Patrol: 26
Harbor Dept. 30
Clothing From the Green Pier,
Children's Alien underwear...from Little Green Mens' children?
Recovered by Judy Spowart
Electrical From Casino Pointt
Pioneer Brand Dual Cassette Tape Deck, only high quality for this trash award
Recovered by Alan Glazer
Funniest From Lovers Cove
Can of snuff...hmmmmmm
Recovered by Doug Lasater
Household From Casino Point
Twin size Air Bed - punctured
Kitchen From Step Beach
Related Kitchen Sink--Looks Like this time they found everything including......
Recovered by Thomas Lance
Miscellaneous From Lover's Cove
Aeronautical A B17 Tail Tire - but no tail!
Recovered by Jonathon Lee
Oldest From the Green Pier
A 1904 Indian Head Penny, so sand abraded, that the Indian head could only be seen while it was wet
Recovered by Joe Kiszeli
Perverted From The Green Pier
Black jockey shorts in a toilet - but no tank top!
Recovered by Dudley McLaughlin
Tiniest From the Green Pier
Tiny yellow bead in a little box
Sporting From Casino Point
Goods Really old diving mask, old style black skirt with front "pig snout" purge
Recovered by John Dzamba
Valuable From Step Beach
Anheuser Busch Beer Bottle from 1907
Recovered by Eric Frasco
Worthless From Lover's Cove
Dull, rusted old pocket knife
Recovered by Ari Spanos
Most Spirited From the Green Pier
Dive Team Married yesterday and spent the first day of their honeymoon diving for trash!
Lindsay and Scott Boatman
Critter Patrol From the Green Pier
"4 Octopus Rescue" - 11 years old, concern for the ocean - taking the animals back to the water!
The Ken Kurtis Silver Tongued Devil B.S. Award "Submarine Shrinkage"
The Octopus found in a model submarine in Cold water and the shrinkage....you had to be there
Winner: Debra Hill
Jon Hardy Safety Award For diving accident investigations and Why Divers Die seminars: Captain John Kades, Los Angeles County Coroners Office
By Spencer Campbell
Catalina Island Conservancy Development Manager
The Catalina Island Conservancy was formed in 1972 and is one of California’s oldest land trusts. Its mission is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. The Conservancy protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land, 62 miles of rugged shoreline and more than 80 miles of trails. It operates the Airport in the Sky, Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and two nature centers. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is home to more than 60 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. - Watch Video
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